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noun

Geography. the southern end of the earth's axis, the southernmost point on earth.
Astronomy. the point at which the axis of the earth extended cuts the southern half of the celestial sphere; the south celestial pole.
(lowercase) the pole of a magnet that seeks the earth's south magnetic pole.
(lowercase) See under magnetic pole (def. 1).

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Origin of South Pole

1585–95, for def. 1
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British Dictionary definitions for South Pole

South Pole

noun

the southernmost point on the earth's axis, at the latitude of 90°S
astronomy the point of intersection, in the constellation Octans, of the earth's extended axis and the southern half of the celestial sphere
(usually not capitals) the south-seeking pole of a freely suspended magnet
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Scientific definitions for South Pole

South Pole

The southern end of the Earth's axis of rotation, located at 90° south latitude at a point in Antarctica. See more at axis.
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Cultural definitions for South Pole

South Pole

The southern end or pole of the Earth's axis (see also axis). (See Antarctic and Antarctica.)

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